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The Independence

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Santa Monica
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205 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2311 (2nd Street)
+1 310-458-2500
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Independence titles itself as a gastropub, it has a relaxed casual atmosphere with high tables and bar chairs, as well as low tables and chairs too. It didn't disappoint, our meal was unbelievable, for starters we had the parmesan bites with parma ham, I'd never had anything like it before. For our mains we had the short braised rib... More 

Thank 453chloe
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled into this place by chance on a stroll around the area. Turned out to be restaurant week and for $20 each we had entree, sides and desert. We ordered the burger, fish and chips and sides. The entrees and deserts were very generous see picture) and the quality was unbelievable (especially the fish). If you are in town and... More 

Thank ECBrit
Melbourne, Australia
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85 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Good food with great lunch specials on offer. I can recommend the tuna tartare and the Brussel sprouts are delicious. Stop on the way before your trip to the pier

Thank Di_Australia1302
Turin, Italy
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40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Good place to go during happy hour (glass of wine 5$). Food is OK, burgers are having specific “Californian” taste. Nice service

Thank sniegula
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

a modern tavern near the Promenade. it is more of a bar with tables rather than a restaurant. nicely done industrial interior with concrete floors and glass walls make the ambient noise high. had reservations but waited for a table. after seating took about 45 minutes to get starters! starters: ice cold squash toast. salads: good farmers market greens entrees:... More 

Thank MainelyContemporary
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

As with everywhere in California the beer is on point. The cocktails were tasty too, and they run a happy hour which id recommend trying to get in on. The waitresses were so friendly and being Brits they were having a good old chin wag! The brownie looked and sounded amazing. It was a dry, dense brick of a thing... More 

Thank JonathonCrane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

We went for Sunday brunch, and were very pleased with the quality of the food and the service. There is a limited menu, but we all found something we enjoyed.

Thank OregonBob14
Los Angeles, California, United States
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105 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

The food is ok. The portions are ok but the sides are huge. I went with a chef friend and he said that the food is ok. The server was very professional. The interior is nice. The lunch special is a good deal. The price is a bit more expensive than the food quality but my chef friend says it's... More 

Thank Pureum K
Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

On a very busy Saturday evening we had really good food; really good service and this was our best experience of dining out in the evening in Santa Monica

Thank Paganbilly
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27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Ate lunch here with my husband and must say it was a pleasant surprise. We had just gone to the Wednesday Farmer's Market and happened upon this restaurant (it's in a great location very close to shopping and public parking). The service was good and it was very reasonably priced. I had the kale chopped salad with shrimp and it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $50
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2311
    (2nd Street)
  • Public Transportation: The MTA 4 line stops 1 block away from Buddha"s Belly at Santa Monica and Second Street. The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus lines 1 and 7 stop right by Buddha's Belly at Broadway and Second Street.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-458-2500
The Independence is a modern American restaurant with a seasonal menu made from and inspired by fresh California ingredients. We offer one of the best Happy Hours in town. Come for the quality, stay for the warm service! We look forward to serving you. Cheers!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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